NHS staff team up with diabetes group to improve care in Bury

NHS staff have teamed up with a support group for people with diabetes in Bury to improve information available for people with the condition, their families and carers.

Podiatrists from Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust are delivering educational sessions to the Bury Diabetic Support Group including a recent talk on the importance of foot screening.

The Podiatry Service sees more than 22,000 people every year and the educational sessions are aimed at answering questions and improving the experience for people living with diabetes in Bury.

People with diabetes have an increased risk of serious foot problems which can lead to foot ulcerations which, in extreme cases, can increase the risk of amputation.

At the session, Podiatrist Alison Hicks from Pennine Care spoke about the importance of good foot care and regular podiatry screenings for those with diabetes.

Bury Diabetic Support Group, which has been running for more than 50 years and has more than 3,000 registered members, runs regular information and education sessions for diabetics, their families and carers.

Chairman Geoffrey Goldberg said providing service users with podiatry information was vital to supporting their health.

He said: “Partnerships with health staff, like the podiatrists from Pennine Care, mean we can give our members access to expert advice and support to help them manage their condition.

“It gives them an opportunity to hear the latest advice, ask questions and also provide feedback of their experiences to frontline healthcare staff to help improve services.”

This is the third time staff from Pennine Care have delivered talks, advice and support to the group and further sessions are planned in the near future.

Gemma Iliadis. Service Manager for Podiatry in Bury for Pennine Care, said working in partnership with local groups like the Bury Diabetic Support Group was invaluable for both staff and service users.

She said: “We’re keen to further develop partnerships like these with voluntary sector organisations to improve the information available to service users, answer any questions they have and improve the quality of life for those who live with diabetes.”

Bury Diabetic Support Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at Bury Town Hall and the next meeting is on November 19 at 7.30pm. The focus will be on the launch of the Community Integrated Diabetes Service.

Pennine Care’s Podiatry Service is further strengthening links with partners by teaming up with Salford University to help support their students and improve outcomes for high risk patients. 

Staff from the service deliver lectures to students around major changes within the NHS such as the changing face of community services and developments in NHS governance.